Collaboration Profile Series - Joe Neal


Our 2018-2019 Catalog of Grasses focuses on collaborations within and outside the green industry. In this post, we continue our collaboration profile series with Dr. Joseph (Joe) Neal.

Dr. Joe Neal spends a lot of time thinking about weeds. He is a Professor of Weed Science and Extension Leader for weed management in landscapes and nursery crops in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Weed Science from NC State University in 1984. After spending 12 years at Cornell University watching weeds freeze in upstate New York, Dr. Neal joined the faculty at NC State in 1996. His research and extension programs emphasize the development of cost-effective weed management solutions for nursery and landscape professionals.

Working with research scientists and cooperative extension faculty helps us stay up-to-date with what’s going on in horticultural research. Dr. Neal’s research includes finding safer and better weed-control methods in nursery stock. There are only a few products listed for use with container-grown grasses. Working with Dr. Neal and his team, we hope to expand the options available for us and our customers.

Dr. Joe Neal on why this collaboration is important:

“Hoffman Nursery’s support and input has been vital to our research program. Partnering with industry helps us develop technologies that are targeted and effective. We’re translating knowledge into practical applications that benefit industry and improve the economy.”

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